Know Before You Go
Make the most of your visit to Mount Auburn by knowing what to expect when you arrive.
We are a place of consolation and inspiration. As you explore, remember that this is not your typical park. Please help us to preserve Mount Auburn’s character and beauty by being mindful of our visitor guidelines.
Biking, running, dog-walking, and picnicking are prohibited. Please review all of our visitor guidelines in advance of your visit.
There is no visitor parking lot at Mount Auburn. Instead, visitors can park on any road throughout our 175 acres without a green line. Please help us to maintain our grass by keeping all four wheels on the road’s surface.
Look for available parking around Asa Gray Garden if you plan to meet a friend near our Entrance or if you will start your visit at our Visitors Center. On busy days, parking around the Garden fills up quickly. We encourage you to drive a bit deeper in the Cemetery, where parking will be easier to find.
Please Note: There is a small parking lot at our Administration Building for those with appointments at our office. Please do not park in these spaces unless you have official office business.
Restrooms & Drinking Water
Visitors can find public restrooms at the Administration Building/Story Chapel complex located just inside our Entrance. Due to current construction on the building, portable toilets have been placed next to Story Chapel for visitor use.
Make sure you’ve filled your reusable water bottle before heading to the Cemetery. At present, there is no drinking water for visitors on our grounds. Please do not drink the water from the fixtures found in the landscape as this water is not potable.
Do you need assistance locating a grave? Would you like some assistance planning an itinerary for your visit? Stop in our Visitors Center, where a volunteer or staff member is waiting to help you! The Visitors Center, located in Story Chapel, is staffed daily between 9 AM and 4:30 PM. Self-serve visitor materials are also available from the Visitors Center whenever the grounds are open to the public.
Please Note: The Visitors Center is closed when Story Chapel is in use for private funeral services.
Self-Guided Visitor Materials
Printed maps and other self-guided visitor materials are available whenever the Cemetery is open at the racks in our Entrance Gate. These materials are also available at the Visitors Center when it is open.
Use your smartphone to explore Mount Auburn:
Use the Mount Auburn Mobile App to navigate the grounds, search our burial records, or follow one of our curated tours to visit points of interest.
With Flora Mount Auburn, you can search our entire collection of trees, shrubs, perennials, and groundcovers….more than 15,000 plants!
Find our available Visitor Amenities just inside our Entrance Gate:
Mount Auburn does not offer any concessions and picnicking is prohibited. Please plan to eat before or after your visit to the Cemetery. Are you looking for a place to grab a quick bite or a meal? There are several options close by, some even within walking distance:
⋆ Sofra | Middle Eastern sweets & savory bites (0.3 mile)
⋆ Intelligentsia Coffee Coffeebar | Coffee drinks and local baked goods (0.3 mile)
⋆ Greg’s Restaurant | Italian and American classics (0.3 mile)
⋆ Deluxe Towne Diner | Classic train-car diner (0.7 mile)
⋆ Red Lentil | Seasonal vegan and vegetarian dishes (0.8 mile)
⋆ Donohue’s Bar & Grill | Classic comfort and pub food (0.9 mile)
⋆ Not Your Average Joe’s | Eclectic American (2.3 miles)
Even More Options:
⋆ Harvard Square has hundreds of dining options. (1.4 miles)
⋆ Arsenal Yards in Watertown has several options for fast and sit-down meals. (1.4 miles)
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